2014's must-see events for comic book fans
Running down the top fandom events of the upcomming year
13. The Image Renaissance Continues (All Year Long)
Any year where fans will get to follow the continuation of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' "Fatale" and "Velvet," Jonathan Hickman's "East of West" (with Nick Dragotta) and "Manhattan Projects" (with Nick Pitarra), Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples' "Saga," Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera's "Black Science," Nick Spencer's "Bedlam" (with Riley Rossmo) and "Morning Glories" (with Joe Eisma), Matt Fraction's "Satellite Sam" (with Howard Chaykin) and "Sex Criminals" (with Chip Zdarsky) and Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios' "Pretty Deadly" -- among other titles -- is one for the books. Add to these sale smashes and critical darlings the debut of Mark Millar and Goran Parlov's "Starlight," Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's "Southern Bastards," Remender and Wes Craig's "Deadly Class" and the launches and continuations of seemingly countless books from the mind of J. Michael Straczynski's Joe's Comics imprint, and you have a comic company who, by publisher Eric Stephenson's own admission, is not be content with being number three for much longer. DC and Marvel better look out: Image Comics is rising, and rising. And all of that is before you even get to a little book called "The Walking Dead," not to mention Robert Kirkman's Skybound imprint titles "Invincible" by Kirkman and Ryan Ottley and "Thief of Thieves" by Andy Diggle and Shawn Martinbrough (which is optioned for a new television show, by the by), plus the upcoming "Outcast," a new book co-written by Kirkman and Nathan Edmondson that deals with exorcism (which also has been optioned by Cinemax -- man, that Kirkman gets around). The next Image Expo hits later this week, and is poised to give fans an even clearer idea of new books and properties on the way from the most innovative publisher on the stands. Could 2014 be the year fans will have to change their definition of the Big Two?